The annual Troy Garden Club’s summer walk event, usually held in July, was cancelled this year because of the pandemic. The group decided to try a new Halloween-themed walk this year instead.

The annual Troy Garden Club’s summer walk event, usually held in July, was cancelled this year because of the pandemic. The group decided to try a new Halloween-themed walk this year instead.

Photo provided by Mary Schwark


Garden club to host first-ever Halloween event

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published September 21, 2020

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TROY/BIRMINGHAM — As the old saying goes, “When one door closes, another one opens.”

That’s the mentality the Troy Garden Club has this fall following a summer of social distancing and, unfortunately, the cancelation of its 46th annual Garden Walk in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In a good year, we can raise around $10,000 from our garden walk to give away,” said Mary Schwark, of the Troy Garden Club. “We support 30 organizations locally, regionally, across the state and nationally, and we give away scholarships to university students studying horticulture. We were going to have to disappoint a lot of organizations this year.”

The summer garden walk will return in 2021, Schwark said, but postponing the event because of the virus this summer made way for a new event for bloom lovers to enjoy.

Inspired by a similar garden fundraiser held by the Rochester Garden Club recently, the Troy Garden Club will host its first-ever autumn-themed garden walk Saturday, Oct. 3.

Seven members of the club — some in Troy and a few in Birmingham — will gussy up their green space in Halloween style for the Spooktacular Gardens event. There will be no advance ticket sales, so guests can head out on the day of the garden walk, rain or shine, to see how members have transformed their own gardens for the season.

Tickets can be purchased by cash or check at 710 Harland Drive in Troy, north of Big Beaver Road and west of Rochester Road; 1859 Buckthorn Court in Troy, north of Square Lake Road and east of Coolidge Highway; and 1252 S. Bates St. in Birmingham, west of Woodward Avenue and south of Lincoln Street. Tickets include detailed maps to all of the venues included on the walk.

Schwark, who was recently named the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association Inc. president, said she’s been busy swapping out some of her summer plants for hardier selections. She added that she’s especially excited for this new event, as it should be of interest to green thumbs of all ages.

“I’ll have some things for the kids,” she said, not wanting to give too much away. “But this really is different. A lot of people said they didn’t want to participate because, ‘Oh, my garden doesn’t look good in the fall.’ So this is an opportunity to spruce it up with fall plants and fall items and see something new.”

As part of the event, the club will host a perennial plant sale at one of the seven venues on the garden walk map, and all of the proceeds from the plant sale will go directly to Troy People Concerned.

“They support Troy residents in crisis of some sort,” Schwark said of the nonprofit, which provides referrals to assistance agencies. “You can imagine the different scenarios people might find themselves in at a time like this.”

The plant sale will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2. The location of the sale can be found on the club’s website.

Face masks and social distancing will be required for all participants at each venue. Costumes, while encouraged, are optional.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-10. No children younger than 4 years of age will be permitted, and no more than two children per adult will be allowed, to accommodate social distancing and mask requirements.

For more information, visit troygardenclubmi.com.

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